Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE), also known as uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), has proven successful in significantly decreasing or eliminating fibroid related symptoms of bleeding, pressure and pain in the majority of the thousands of women with large or multiple uterine fibroids.
In UAE, radiologists carefully place a small catheter into both the right and left uterine arteries and cut off the blood supply to fibroids, causing them to die and shrink. This helps women overcome the debilitating symptoms from fibroids. UAE is performed while the patient is conscious, but sedated and feeling no pain. It does not require general anesthesia.
On average, 85-90% of women who have had the procedure experience significant or total relief of heavy bleeding, pain and/or bulk-related symptoms. The procedure is effective for multiple fibroids and large fibroids. Recurrence of treated fibroids is very rare. Short and mid-term data show UAE to be very effective with a very low rate of recurrence. Long-term (10-year) data are not yet available, but in one study in which patients were followed for six years, no fibroid that had been embolized regrew.
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